Tuesday, July 17, 2012

La Chapelle de la Trinité, Lyon

Fr. Étienne Martellange 1569-1641
Collège de la Trinité de Lyon, France : projet d'ensemble comprenant aussi le plan de l'église
Pen brown ink and aquarelle on paper
38,5 x 29 cm
Département Estampes et photographie, Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris

La Chapelle de la Trinité is one of the most historic of the churches in the city of Lyon in France. It is also one of the most beautiful. It is pure Counter-Reformation Baroque.

It was built as the chapel for the adjoining Jesuit College between 1617 and 1622

It was consecrated by St Francis de Sales in 1622

The style is baroque. Its architect was the Jesuit Fr. Étienne Martellange 1569-1641

After its restaoration in the 1990s, the chapel is now the setting of many major Baroque and other musical concerts

In October of this year there is a concert by La Magnifica Comunità wth the German soprano Simone Kermes reliving the sounds of the great Baroque castrati Caffarelli, Farinelli, and Carestini in works by Handel and Vivaldi. Here is a preview:

As can seen from the great performance by Simone Kermes,  Counter-Reformation Baroque never really died. It was only resting

On a different level, here is an extract from a forthcoming concert by the ensemble Doulce Mémoire (November 2012) entitled Laudes et Chants Soufis Chants de transe d'Orient et d'Occident

For those who like more traditional renditions by Doulce Mémoire here is something more traditional by them